Ashli Babbitt shooter LIVE – Name of officer revealed as Michael Leroy Byrd ahead of Lester Holt NBC News interview

THE name of the officer who shot Ashli Babbitt during the Capitol riots has been revealed ahead of a bombshell interview with Lester Holt tonight.

In an interview with Zenger News, Babbitt's family attorney, Terry Roberts, named Lieutenant Michael Leroy Byrd as the cop who ​killed the 35-year-old Air Force veteran.

'Speaking out and revealing his identity publicly for the first time, the officer will share his perspective on the events of that day, including the aftermath of the deadly insurrection and the threats he has received,' said NBC News in a statement announcing that he would be interviewed by Lester Holt.

'He will also discuss the recent news that Capitol Police will not discipline him following an internal review, exonerating him for use of force.'

The interview is set to air on Thursday at 6:30pm on NBC News.

Earlier this week, it was announced the officer "acted lawfully and in line with police department policy", the U.S. Capitol Police said Monday.

Federal prosecutors also cleared the officer of any wrongdoing after an investigation into the shooting and did not publicly name him. Capitol Police, concerned for his safety, have also not released his name. The officer’s attorney, Mark Schamel, said his client is facing “many credible death threats” and other “horrific threats” and was forced from his home because of them.

Read our Ashli Babbitt police officer live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Julia Fields

    TRUMP ASKS DURING RIOT 'WHO KILLED ASHLI BABBITT?'

    During a Florida rally in July 2020, Trump asked the crowd who shot Ashli at the Capitol riot.

    Trump has been under fire for demanding the identity of the Capitol police officer who shot and killed the rioter during the January 6 insurrection.

    His contentious question at the rally came days after the ex-US President emailed supporters on Thursday with just four words: “Who shot Ashli Babbitt?”

  • Julia Fields

    ASHLI'S HUSBAND ASKED FOR A 'STATUS CHECK' DURING RIOT

    It is unclear what Aaron does for a living. 

    He reportedly sent Babbitt a text message during the protests asking for a “status check” but did not hear back from her afterwards.

  • Julia Fields

    WHO IS ASHLI'S HUSBAND AARON?

    Ashli Babbitt, 35, was married to Aaron and the couple resided in San Diego, California.

    Her husband confirmed to KUSI News that she was the woman in question who was fatally shot inside the US Capitol by police.

  • Julia Fields

    ASHLI'S UNCLE'S STATEMENT CONTINUED

    “My sister is a total train wreck, I can’t even describe how bad she is right now.

    “We haven’t looked at any of the footage, it’s too heartbreaking. 

    “She wouldn’t have been armed, she was a protester with a flag.

    “I can see her yelling but I don’t see her breaking s*** or trying to hurt people. 

    "She was not that type of person."

  • Julia Fields

    ASHLI'S UNCLE SPEAKS OUT

    Now her uncle says Ashli would never hurt anybody and their family are “too heartbroken” to watch graphic footage of her death.

    Fighting back tears, Ashli’s uncle, Mike Mazziott, told The US Sun: “She loved her country, she wasn't trying to hurt anybody.

    “She was trying to improve our country and get her voice heard with like-minded people.

    "I found out when my sister, Ashli’s mom, called me.

  • Julia Fields

    'BOISTEROUS FIRECRACKER'

    Described by friends as a “boisterous firecracker”, Ms Babbitt was charged with reckless endangerment, malicious property damage and dangerous driving.

    However, she was acquitted of the first charge and found not guilty of the others.

    Ms Norris also took out a restraining order against Babbitt on the day of the collision in July 2016, asking for a second order just seven months later over claims Ms Babbitt had harassed her with late night calls, filed false police reports against her and lied under oath in court. 

    Both were upheld.

  • Julia Fields

    AFFIDAVIT CONTINUED

    Norris said in the affidavit: “Through my passenger side window I watched McEntee continuing to drive on the shoulder.

    “I was fearful that she was attempting to hit me with her vehicle. I attempted to speed up to get away from McEntee.

    "She again drove to the shoulder of the roadway and it appeared she was attempting to cut me off.

    “As I slowed down she drove back into the roadway and then struck the rear of my vehicle. I felt the impact of her striking my vehicle three times.” 

    Ms Norris called 991 and later signed an affidavit supporting criminal charges over the alleged attack in 2016.

  • Julia Fields

    DESCRIBING PAST INCIDENTS

    Describing the event in an affidavit, Ms Norris wrote: “She was waving erratically, and beeping the horn and appeared to be very angry.

    “I know McEntee to be in a relationship with my former boyfriend.

    "I observed in my driver's side mirror McEntee make a U-turn, cutting several cars off and driving towards Prince Frederick Blvd in my direction.”

    Ms Norris, a construction inspector for Maryland State Highway Administration, claimed Babbitt was “swerving from left to right on the roadway” trying to get around traffic to get closer to her grey Ford Escape by mounting the shoulder.

  • Julia Fields

    TROUBLED PAST

    But reports have now emerged that Ashli Babbitt harassed, chased and rammed her husband’s ex-girlfriend with her SUV in 2016, the DailyMail.com writes.

    According to court documents obtained by the Mail, Ms Babbitt, 35, was accused of following for her then-boyfriend’s former partner before chasing her down a highway in Maryland in her SUV. 

    The ex-Air Force vet then deliberately rear-ended the ex, Celeste Norris, three times in an apparent bout of rage. 

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    TRUMP SUPPORTER SAYS BABBITT IS ALIVE

    Couy Griffin, founder of Cowboys for Trump, left a CNN reporter speechless and many others scratching their heads after claiming there was no evidence to prove Babbitt and Officer Brian Sicknick are actually dead.

    Griffin told Anderson Cooper 360 on Friday that he wasn't "even sure that Office Sicknick's even dead".

    CNN reporter Drew Griffin looked confused and bewildered as he heard Couy blurt out even more outlandish claims.

    "I’m serious. That’s, that’s how – and I hate to be so crazy conspiracy-minded … I’m not even so sure Ashli Babbitt is dead," Couy said.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    GOP VOTES AGAINST GIVING MEDALS TO CAPITOL RIOT POLICE

    Last month, 21 Republicans voted against giving medals of honor to Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police to thank them for their service that day.

    Dozens of those officers suffered injuries, including chemical burns, brain injuries, and broken bones.

    Seven people died during and after the rioting, including Babbitt, three other Trump supporters who died of medical emergencies, and two police officers who died by suicide in the days that followed.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    JOHN KATKO SLAMS PELOSI'S COMMITTEE

    New York Rep John Katko issued a statement last month in which he panned Pelosi’s push for a select committee and said he would have a “hard time” imagining he would participate. 

    "I led the charge to create a January 6th commission that would be external, independent, bipartisan, and equitable in membership and subpoena power,” Katko said in his statement on Monday. 

    "The select committee proposed by Speaker Pelosi is literally the exact opposite of that.

    "The select committee would have a skewed, 8 Democrat and 5 Republican panel of members, all 13 of whom would ultimately be picked by the Speaker herself," the New York lawmaker added. 

    "It would be a turbo-charged partisan exercise, not an honest fact-finding body that the American people and the Capitol Police deserve. For those reasons, I will not support its creation when voted upon."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    TRUMP ACTS OUT BABBITT DEATH

    Trump acted out the death by shooting into the air with his hand.  

    "The person who shot Ashli Babbitt, 'boom,' right through the head. There was not a reason for that," he said.

    Babbit was shot in the chest by an identified cop as she attempted to climb through a broken window in a door within the Capitol building to get closer to lawmakers voting to certify Joe Biden's win inside.

    "Why isn’t that person being opened up?" Trump asked.

    "If that was the opposite, that case would be going on for years and years and it wouldn’t be pretty."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    HOW DID BABBITT DIE?

    Babbitt was shot in the chest during the mayhem inside the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

    In the confusion inside, a shot rang out and Ms Babbitt was seen to collapse to the ground, footage posted to Twitter shows.

    Police said she was shot after breaching the building and attempting to enter the House chamber.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHO SHOT BABBITT?

    Police say Babbitt was shot by a plain-clothed officer on January 6 as she and other protesters stormed the Capitol building.

    She was part of a march looking to disrupt the formal confirmation of Joe Biden's win in the presidential election.

    It was announced on August 25, 2021, that the unnamed officer will revealed himself in an interview on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BABBITT LIVESTREAMED RIOT

    After President Donald Trump addressed his followers on Capitol Hill, Babbitt reportedly filmed herself moments before the mayhem.

    Draped in a Trump flag, Babbitt went live on Facebook and boasted that she was part of the mob marching to the Capitol.

    She claimed there were more than three million rioters marching alongside her in Washington DC.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BOOK CLAIMS TRUMP CALLED RIOTERS 'IDIOTS'

    In Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency, due out later this summer, journalist Michael Wolff alleges that the former president claimed the rioters couldn't be "our people" after they stormed the Capitol building.

    The book will include some shocking claims about how the January 6 riots unfolded, several of which were included in an excerpt published by New York Magazine on Monday.

    "This looks terrible. This is really bad," Trump told an aide on the phone after watching MAGA fans break into the Capitol building, according to the book.

    "These aren't our people, these idiots with these outfits," he reportedly added. "They look like Democrats."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    TESTIMONY FROM CAPITOL COPS

    Lawmakers last month heard from Capitol police officers who described the moment rioters breached the building.

    Capitol Police Officer Aquilino Gonell said he thought "this is how I’m going to die, defending this entrance."

    Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone said he was “grabbed, beaten, tased, all while being called a traitor to my country.” 

    Daniel Hodges, also a D.C. police officer, said he remembers foaming at the mouth as rioters crushed him between two doors and bashed him in the head with his own weapon, injuring his skull.

    “I did the only thing I could do, scream for help,” Hodges said.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    JIM JORDAN BLAMES NANCY PELOSI FOR RIOT

    Rep. Jim Jordan claimed Pelosi should’ve ensured security was tight as pro-Trump supporters stormed the legislature on January 6.

    He told Tucker Carlson last month: “The fundamental question is why there wasn’t a proper security posture that day?

    “It wasn’t like we didn’t know there was a rally in town. It wasn’t like we didn’t know it would be a big rally, after all, it was a President Trump rally.”

    He alleged that the Democrats have normalized “anarchy” as he blasted Speaker Pelosi, MailOnline reports.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    FOURTH CAPITOL RIOT COP COMMITS SUICIDE

    Officer Kyle DeFreytag, 26, was found dead on July 10, with Metropolitan Police confirming his death in a statement on Monday.

    The news comes just hours after a spokesperson from MPD confirmed that another officer who was at the riots, Gunther Hashida, 43, was found dead at his home on Thursday.

    With DeFreytag and Hashida included, four officers who responded to the attempted insurrection at the Capitol have now taken their own lives.

    Twelve-year MPD veteran Jeffrey Smith and US Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood, a 16-year Capitol Police veteran, also responded to the insurrection and later died by suicide.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BIDEN SAYS RIOT 'WORSE THAN CIVIL WAR'

    Biden said: "Not even during the Civil War did insurrectionists breach the Capitol of the United States of America: the citadel of our democracy. Not even then. But on January 6, 2021, they did."

    Biden had made the comparison during a ceremony for police officers who had responded to the Capital riot on January 6.

    Multiple cops testified about the horrific violence, racial slurs, and trauma they were subjected to when protecting the Capitol from the mob of MAGA fans.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    LESTER HOLT TO INTERVIEW OFFICER WHO SHOT BABBITT

    NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt has been on the air since August 3, 1970.

    On the show, Holt offers a report of the day's major international and domestic news stories each weeknight. 

    The unknown officer's interview will be apart of the show airing on August 26, 2021, at 6:30pm EST.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WITNESS ACCOUNT OF BABBITT'S DEATH

    A fellow Trump supporter, who witnessed Babbitt, told WUSA 9: "A number of police and secret service were saying 'get back, get down, get out of the way'.

    "She didn't heed the call and as we kind of raced up to grab people and pull them back they shot her in the neck and she fell back on me.

    "And she started to say 'it's fine, it's cool' and then she started kinda moving weird and blood was coming out of her mouth and neck and nose and I don't know if she's alive or dead any more."

    He added: "I'm not injured… it could have been me, but she went in first."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    FAMILY TO SUE OFFICER

    Babbitt's family plans to launch a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against the officer.

    An attorney for the Babbitt family claims she was "ambushed" by the officer, who warned her to stay back.

    Members of the far-right and even Babbitt's husband have previously called on officials to name the officer.

    GOP Congressman Paul Gosar even previously suggested that Babbitt was “executed in cold blood” by an officer “lying in wait.”

    And Republic Rep. and former QAnoner Marjorie Taylor Greene said last month that she believes she and Babbitt would have been friends.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    DOJ 'REQUEST TO CREMATE' BABBITT

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